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Poster: staggerleib Date: Jan 15, 2008 12:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Jerry's Axes

OK, Here's a Strat model, I've never seen Jerry play before. I looked at his historical models, and haven't seen this one. Anyone able to shed some light?


Attachment: Donna_Jerry.jpg

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Poster: staggerleib Date: Jan 15, 2008 12:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry's Axes

More shots, and Bobby playing a nice red SG. Lotsa donna. Looks like a new years show, but I don't know for certain.

http://rockstarphotos.net/gallery/display-image-album-9-pos-14.html

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Poster: blacklakelight Date: Jan 16, 2008 11:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry's Axes

The show could be new year's '72? I've always read the entire band only wore their Nudie's for one show, which I believe was 2/19/73. Here go the Nudie jacket with a different guitar:

http://kippel.com/artshow/images/photos/037.jpg

Way back in high school I had a poster of Jerry in the Nudie. Heh.

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Jan 15, 2008 1:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry's Axes

Garcia played a number of different Stratocasters in 72-73, this one being custom built to take after the Harley Davidson one that is probably more familiar. That guitar was given to Garcia by Graham Nash and was pretty chopped up. The customization on the Harley axe had to do with retrofitting the Fender bridge with a stop tailpiece and a tune-o-matic Gibson bridge. The second or bottom tone knob was also removed on that guitar and the remaining volume & tone moved down into that position.

This example probably started off life as a hardtail Strat without a tremolo bridge and was converted to the Gibson tailpiece and bridge like the Harley sticker Strat. The lack of photo's of this particular guitar probably means it didn't last very long.

Another example is the Sunburst model as seen in the Veneta 72 movies. If my memory serves me correctly, that guitar appeared to be stock, but probably had the innards reworked.

He also used a 63 model Strat with a big American Flag sticker on it in 1970...also very few photographs of it.

In 88-89 he played a black Strat with either Roland or Casio MIDI built in. This was until he had one of the Irwins "digitized."

Here's a great link for other photos you've probably already seen.

http://dozin.com/jers/guitar/history.htm

This post was modified by Earl B. Powell on 2008-01-15 21:08:02

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Jan 15, 2008 1:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry's Axes

did he have the midi in 88? Not saying you're wrong I just remember mid 89 when he satrted switching out guitars as each one got customized. If it was 88 I'd like to go back and listen to some of the earlier shows to see the transition. Can't say I was a fan of the midi but I did like Let it grow after it came into play

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Poster: high flow Date: Jan 15, 2008 1:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry's Axes

I liked some of the midi Terrapins.

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Poster: barongsong Date: Jan 16, 2008 7:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry's Axes

I remember, and I think it was as early as late 88, that Jerry would bust out a different midi guitar during Space almost exclusively and fool around with it. Wasn't until 89 sometime where he started using midi in regular songs, most likely when he had Wolf fitted for midi on the fall tour, I think.

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Poster: jonarobb Date: Jan 16, 2008 4:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry's Axes

That guitar was customized by Dan Erlewine while he was still a young and freelance luthier in the bay area. It's actually a loaner from Alembic while Alligator was getting some new electronics work. Jerry played this guitar for a month or so in late 1972 and then again for a short run in early 73'.

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Poster: JodyC Date: Jan 15, 2008 4:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry's Axes

No, but I'd like meet his tailor!!

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Poster: He Live's Date: Jan 15, 2008 10:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: THE WARDROBE

word!

you know,
it TRULY
is a shame,
he just started
doing H and
wearing black T's

only